2012 bcuk Advanced Arctic Expedition

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Imagedude

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Feb 24, 2011
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A seperate thread for a debrief/write-up would be good. Hopefully it would get sticky status in a new Cold Weather Bushcraft sub-forum.

Anybody fancy going back in the summer/autumn to do a recce for a winter tour? I'm thinking of a 7 night circular starting and ending at Bardufoss and visiting the DNT huts in Dividal.
 

mrcairney

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Jun 4, 2011
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I too have been watching this thread since the beginning. Easily thread of the year. Bravo.

Interesting reading the what worked what didn't too. Notice the army bivi bags didn't fare well, what's the alternative?
 

Imagedude

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Here's a report of a 550 Km ski tour undertaken by a couple of Norwegian birds. http://ut.no/artikkel/1.7488352
Their route passed our training area. I found this snippet most interesting - You guys had no fishing equipment?
-No, but it was a proven choice for none of us is particularly fond of fishing. We got a lot of questions about the fish we had, said Marie, and people wonder at us when we do not even have fishing equipment. But several times, there were a few who took pity on us and gave us fresh fish anyway. So it was even better than having the fish yourself.
 
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Chris the Cat

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Jan 29, 2008
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I too have been watching this thread since the beginning. Easily thread of the year. Bravo.

Interesting reading the what worked what didn't too. Notice the army bivi bags didn't fare well, what's the alternative?
Mine worked ok! ( 2nd trip arctic winter with it.)
Not realy sure of an alternative.
Chris.
P.s If ( and its a BIG if! ) I could get the funds together , I would be up for that Bob.
My best.
 

DUCky

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Aug 17, 2004
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Suggestions for our next time out there:

- some extra lessons on snow types and related uses/dangers
- more on trapping, fishing and foraging
- advanced shelter building and fire management in the (extreme) cold
- a couple of days solo, if safe without sleeping bag and mat
- a daytrip up one of those stunning mountains
- traveling in the snow (use of ski's/pulk/toboggan; camp routine; orientation/navigation)
- a sauna to finish ;)
 

Teepee

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Jan 15, 2010
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Suggestions for our next time out there:

- some extra lessons on snow types and related uses/dangers
- more on trapping, fishing and foraging
- advanced shelter building and fire management in the (extreme) cold
- a couple of days solo, if safe without sleeping bag and mat
- a daytrip up one of those stunning mountains
- traveling in the snow (use of ski's/pulk/toboggan; camp routine; orientation/navigation)
- a sauna to finish ;)
That sounds great. Going without the bag and mat really appeals.